Capacity Building of Civil Society in the IPA Countries and territories –Technical Assistance to CSOs. TACSO, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow June, 2011 SIPU International AB Sweden • Civil Society Promotion Centre Bosnia and Herzegovina • Human Resources Development Foundation Turkey • Foundation in Support of Local Democracy Poland • Partners Foundation for Local Development Romania
The EU considers CSO as key partners
The Civil Society Facility (CSF) was established to promote civil society development and dialogue.
Stronger role of CSOS in democratization
Democracy will not solve our problems, but will make us responsible for them!
What we want to do?
T o increase the capacity of CSOs
T o strengthen their role within a participative democracy
stimulating a civil society-friendly environment
strengthening the accountability of CSOs ; public image
Encouraging CSO participation
Strengthened cooperation and networking
with CSOs in the driving seat!
Local Advisory group (LAG) : CSOS, Networks, government, institutions, EUD, MOP, donors….
LAG, reviewing TACSO actions and providing recommendations, ensures that the activities are in line with the priorities
WHO WE ARE?
TACSO TEAM: 32 members
9 offices in 8 countries - TA Help desks
Regional office Sarajevo
HQ SIPU International
Consortium partners ( Civil Society Promotion Centre Bosnia and Herzegovina, Human Resources Development Foundation Turkey, Foundation in Support of Local Democracy Poland, Partners Foundation for Local Development Romania).
DG Enlargement CSF
What we have done
The Help-desks fully operational:
Funding (Calls, PADOR registration, IPA support)
Government – CSO relations (policies, contacts)
Networking and partnership building
Legal frame for CSOs
Administrative and financial procedures (project registration, VAT)
CSO management (strategies, project, PR).
IPA projects monitoring and guidance activities
P2p technical assistance
TACSO AS “FIRST AID KIT”
8 National needs assessments reports
2 Regional reviews
Development and managing EU projects
Citizens participation in decision making processes
Advocacy and lobbying
200 National trainings (including “replications” and tailored national trainings)
Three regional conferences:
Quality Assurance for CSOs conference
Cooperation between local governments and CSOs
Sustainability of CSOs
Overview of publications:
The Review of EU Networks for Civil Society Organizations
Public Funding for Civil Society Organizations: Good Practices in The European Union and Western Balkans
Manual on Fundraising and Accessing EU Funds
Manual on CSO Management
Report on CSO Capacities in the Western Balkans and Turkey
The Civil Society Enviroment in the Western Balkans and Turkey
Challenges and sustainability:
Maintain the regional dimension, visibility and coordination
Networking and partnerships
Regional contact point
Offer integrated services to priority issues and needs
Identify the policy issues and communicate those
Promote sustainability in all dimensions of the project .
Next steps of TACSO:
Support key strategic policy processes
Coordination and communication between EU and CSOs
Regional networking, partnership creation and exchange.